Drive-through testing for SARS-CoV-2 in symptomatic health and social care workers and household members: an observational cohort study

Benjamin Parcell (Lead / Corresponding author), Kathryn Brechin, Sarah Allstaff, Meg Park , Wendy Third, Susan Bean, Chris Hind, Rajiv Farmer, James D. Chalmers

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Abstract

The requirement for health and social care workers to self-isolate when they or their household contacts develop symptoms consistent with SARS-CoV-2 infection can lead to critical staff shortages in the context of a pandemic. In this report we describe the implementation of a drive-through testing service in a single NHS region in Scotland. From 17th March 2020 to 11th April 2020 1890 SARS-CoV-2 rtPCR tests were performed. 22% of tests were positive. Allowing the remaining 78% of staff to return to work within 24 hours was estimated to save over 8000 working days during the peak pandemic period.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalThorax
Early online date27 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Infection Control
  • Viral infection

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